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NO! First, recheck your numbers/ repeat the test.. an INR of 10 is way out of range. Did you accidentally type in 10 when you meant 1.0?? Typically, the target numbers of INR/PT for a patient in warfarin (Coumadin) is between 2.0 and 4.0 (Prothrombin time). An INR/PT of 10 means your patient is at risk to bleed out. Do NOT give another blood thiinner like Heparin, as this will exacerbate the problem. Get the doc on this case involved stat please.

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Q: If a patient is taking Coumadin and his INR is 10 should I give Heparin?
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